Probably it is related to the contradictions that make the Havana somehow wild and leading to nostalgia, and a city where poverty is mixed to joy, visible in the smiles illuminating the largest part of Cubans and the power of the ubiquitous music.
Although I had only little time to discover the city, La Habana stroke my heart almost immediately. I would have liked to have more
time to explore the city and its secret corners, to observe people and
talk to them. I got back home feeling that I had missed something,
because time was too short. Despite that, I felt that I was wild about
La Habana, its unique atmosphere, its magic.
And I tried to understand why I found the Havana so magic. There are many more but for me, these are the 5 most important features that make La Habana magic:
@ The imposing architecture in the old town. Awesome colonial and baroque buildings, some of them wonderfully
restored and others letting catch a glimpse on their past beauty
despite the present relinquishment.
@ The lovely tiny streets, bursting with life at every door and corner. And the ‘old fashioned’ traditional shops.
@ The ubiquitous music, so cheerful and involving with its joyful rhythm coloured by a pinch of nostalgia
@ The lovely restaurants and bars inside the typical ‘patios’ within the colonial buildings, where you can stop for a drink or a meal in a wonderful atmosphere.
@ Old cars and motorcycles: I wonder if there’s still a city in the world where you can still see such amazing
colourful American old cars or authentic side-cars, not used as a
collector’s trophy but only as a day-to-day means of transportation…
@ Wondrous churches and cloisters: the sober and peaceful cloisters and the baroque facades of the main churches inspired me a sense of peace.
@ Time looks suspended, especially hen you happen to stroll around big squares full of bookshelves where the largest majority of books is about the Revolution, Che Guevara and Fidel Castro. No doubt that ‘El Che’, as a myth, is still alive.
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